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Posted: Mar 14, 2020




“COMMUNITY RESPONSE TO COVID-19”  issued March 12, 2020


March 14, 2020


Sagamok Anishnawbek’s Emergency Operations Control Group (EOCG) met yesterday to engage in continued planning of our community’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic situation.   This document informs on the outcomes of this meeting and corrects information concerning self-monitoring and self-isolation presented in the “Community Response to COVID-19” issued on March 12, 2020.

Since the March 12 “Community Response to COVID-19”, new realities have presented themselves for the EOCG to consider, including the spread of the virus to new areas of Ontario and elsewhere, the Ontario Government’s announcement that it will be closing all publicly funded schools in the province for two weeks after the March Break, a shortage of preventative supplies like hand sanitizers and disinfectants across the globe and international travel restrictions. 


Sagamok Learning Institutions To Close for 2 Weeks following March Break 

Consistent with the Ontario government’s March 12 announcement to close the province’s publicly funded schools for two weeks after the March Break, Biidaaban Kinoomaagegamik (School), Shki Waase Aaban Binoojiinh Gamik (Daycare) and Waawaasnode Adult Learning Centre will be closed for two weeks, scheduled to reopen on Monday, April 6, 2020.  Biidaaban students will  make up for lost learning time with two weeks added to the end of the school year. 


New Clean Workspaces Policy        

In addition to after-hours custodial cleaning services, Sagamok workspaces will now receive disinfection services twice daily with a focus on areas of high personal contact, including phone, computers and other office equipment. 


New Visitor Management Policy    

Visitors to Sagamok offices are asked to limit their visits to essential business only in order to minimize contact between large numbers of group at any time.  Visitors are also asked to call ahead to book an appointment with service providers in order to minimize crowds in offices and waiting areas.  Visitors to Sagamok service locations will be asked if they are experiencing the symptoms of the COVID-19 virus and invited to either wash their hands or treat their hands with hand sanitizer. 


Surveillance continues at Chi-Nishinawbe M’gizi Wigwam, Access Limitations

Staff at the Elders Eagle Lodge will continue to complete self-monitoring reports when coming on and off each shift, as well as providing continued monitoring of the long term care facility’s residents.  Visitors are discouraged to protect the health of our residents. 


Group settings remain discouraged, Small group activities permitted

No large group programming will be hosted through the Sagamok Anishnawbek organization until otherwise permitted by the EOCG.  This includes Sagamok Bingo events. 

However, Sagamok Naandwedjige-Gamik will host a number of small-group, community based events during the March Break and following 2 week school closure that will see no more than 10 individuals participate at one time and Z’gamok Waaseyaankaan Teg will continue to host Lunch & Learn events with limited participants.  Sagamok community members, residents and visitors are asked to minimize large gatherings


Low Income Households can approach Niigaaniin Ontario Works for financial assistance requests to prepare for a potential COVID-19 Outbreak      

Sagamok Anishnawbek does not budget the financial resources to help households prepare for times of emergency, though Niigaaniin Ontario Works does provide some financial assistance to low-income households (regardless if they are Niigaaniin clients). 


Person-to-person contact discouraged

All forms of physical contact is discouraged to minimize potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus if it does make it into our community.  Handshakes and hugs, especially around high-risk populations with immune deficiencies like Elders and young children, should be avoided by everyone. 

In an effort to protect the most vulnerable population to the COVID-19 virus, all community members are asked to limit their contact with Elders in Sagamok and to limit their visits to Chi-Nishinawbe M'gizi Wigwam (Elders Eagle Lodge).  Relatives and friends are encouraged to explore other ways of maintaining contact with their Elders, including telephone and on-line video options like Facetime, Skype and Facebook Messenger. 


Sagamok community members and residents are asked to limit their travel outside of the Sagamok community and avoid high-risk areas with confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus


Everyone is also asked to help with the necessary task of monitoring our community members and residents for potential cases of the COVID-19 virus by reporting any COVID-19 symptoms and self-isolating themselves for a period of 14 days if they notice any symptoms.  



Moratorium on Organizational Travel to High-Risk Areas

Travel for staff and Chief and Council will not be permitted to high risk areas with confirmed cases of COVID-19.  As well, any guests scheduled to meet with the Sagamok Chief and Council, its committees or staff will be contacted and either alternative technological arrangements will be made to allow business to be conducted using digital platforms or rescheduled until permitted by the EOCG. 


If you must travel to a high-risk area with confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus,

· you are asked to report your re-entry into the Sagamok community to the Sagamok Anishnawbek COVID-19 Reporting Hotline by calling (705) 863-0084 to inform us of where you have been travelling and whether you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms of fever, cough or difficulty breathing.  You are then asked to monitor yourself for a period of 14 days since your leaving that high-risk area for symptoms of the virus.  Please be advised that this also applies to our off-reserve members who may be coming home to Sagamok. 


If you develop symptoms of COVID-19,

· call Telehealth Ontario for medical advice at 1.866.797.0000 (TTY 1.866.797.0007) or Public Health Sudbury & Districts at 705.522.9200 (toll-free 1.866.522.9200).

· report your symptoms to the SAGAMOK COMMUNITY COVID-19 REPORTING HOTLINE by calling (705) 863-0084

    Be sure to mention your symptoms and your travel history, including the countries you visited.


If you are ill and must visit a health care professional,

· call ahead and tell them that you have a respiratory illness. You may be asked to wear a mask while waiting for or receiving treatment to prevent the spread of illness.

    If you need immediate medical attention, call 911 and mention your travel history and symptoms.


Correction leads to backtrack in self-isolation request for employees and community members returning from Toronto

The EOCG’s first “Community Response to COVID-19” on March 12 prescribed self-isolation for anyone known to have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus by visiting a high-risk area with confirmed cases of the virus.  With what we have come to know about the virus and its methods of exposure, the employees and community members who are currently under self-isolation due to their attendance at events in the Toronto area will be approached and asked if they are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.  If they have not experienced any symptoms, they will be advised to come out of isolation but to continue monitoring themselves for symptoms for up 14 days following their return from Toronto and to report any symptoms to Sagamok’s COVID-19 Reporting Hotline. 


Che-miigwech for helping us keep  our community safe.


Be advised that Sagamok Anishnawbek’s EOCG relies upon the authoritative advice of Public Health Agency of Canada.  For more information on the COVID-19, call 1-833-784-4397 to speak with a public health nurse, visit or email



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